School ‘report cards’ released by state
The results show that student achievement in Watauga County continues to exceed that of most N.C. school systems as measured by the state’s end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.
Although test results were released in August as part of this year’s report from the State Board of Education about the N.C. ABCs school accountability model, the School Report Cards also include statewide results that allow for comparison of local and statewide performance.
In addition to test results, School Report Cards provide information about teacher qualifications, average class sizes, school safety and other factors at each school.
Watauga County Schools
The School Report Cards show that in Watauga County Schools:
• 82.1 percent of WCS students in grades 3-8 scored at or above grade level proficiency on the end-of-grade tests in reading compared to 71.2 percent statewide.
• In math, 89.7 percent of WCS students in grades 3-8 scored at or above grade level proficiency compared to 82.8 percent statewide.
• In the fifth-grade science test, 83.2 percent of WCS students scored at or above proficiency versus 75.9 percent of students statewide. For the eighth-grade science test, 85.6 percent of WCS students scored at or above proficiency compared to 77.3 percent statewide.
• Close to 90 percent of Watauga High School achieved proficiency on the state’s end-of-course tests in English I and biology, exceeding statewide averages in both subjects. The high school’s students fell slightly short of the state average in algebra I, with 75.1 percent of results rated proficient or higher compared to 78.7 percent statewide.
• The average Watauga High School SAT score of 1081 (critical reading and mathematics combined) was significantly above the state average of 997. Including the writing component of the SAT, the average score at Watauga High School was 1587, 118 points better than the N.C. average of 1469.
The high school’s on-time graduation rate was 85.4 percent for 2011-12, and the statewide rate was 80.4 percent.
A “snapshot” summary of the School Report Card for each school will be available on each school’s website, and a printed copy will be provided on request.
The individual school websites can be accessed under the “Schools” tab at http://www.watauga.k12.nc.us.
Two Rivers Community School
The high student achievements continue at Two Rivers Community School, a public K-8 charter school located in Boone. Those school report cards show:
• In grades 3-8, 93.3 percent of test-takers were at or above grade level in reading compared to the state average of 71.2 percent.
• In math, more than 95 percent of students were at or above grade level, compared to 82.8 percent statewide.
• In the fifth-grade science test, 88.9 percent of Two Rivers students scored at or above grade level compared to 75.9 percent statewide. In the eighth-grade science test, 94.4 percent of Two Rivers students were at or above grade level, up from the 77.3 percent statewide average.
• In algebra I, only six students took the test, but more than 95 percent of those students scored at or above grade level, compared to 78.7 percent statewide.
For more details, visit http://www.ncreportcards.org to examine the results.